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Paid Summer Research Program deadlines are fast approaching!  PathwaysToScience.org has a searchable database of 650+ summer research programs in all STEM disciplines. These are all FULLY FUNDED opportunities including programs sponsored by NSF, NASA, NIH, etc. We also have a nice selection of resources to help you strengthen your applications: 

 

https://pathwaystoscience.org/Undergrads.aspx

 

If you are considering graduate school, search 250+ FULLY FUNDED graduate programs in a variety of disciplines, and view resources on applying:  

 

https://pathwaystoscience.org/Grad.aspx

 

If you need help finding a program that’s a good fit, please feel free to email me at ldetrick@ibparticipation.org for assistance. You can also follow us on Facebook for program deadlines and updates. 

 

Please also forward this message to other students who could benefit from this information!

 

Best of luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Sincerely,

 

Liv Detrick, Senior Advisor

The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)

www.PathwaysToScience.org

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The mission of the Institute for Broadening Participation is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. We design and implement strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on reaching and supporting individuals from underserved communities and underrepresented groups, including underrepresented minorities, women, persons with disabilities, first generation college students, and students from underserved communities. The Institute for Broadening Participation is a 501(c)(3) organization, tax ID #20-1891162. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Now accepting applications for: 

DOE Scholars Program

The DOE Scholars Program introduces students and recent college graduates to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mission and operations.

Why should I apply?

Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers the following benefits:

  • Stipends starting at $600 per week for undergraduates and $650 per week for graduate students and post graduates during the internship period
  • Limited travel reimbursement to/from assigned location
  • Direct exposure to and participation in projects and activities in DOE mission-relevant research areas
  • Identification of career goals and opportunities
  • Development of professional networks with leading scientists and subject matter experts

Eligibility

  • Be a U.S. citizenship
  • Be an undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate of an accredited institution of higher education majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related areas.
  • Must be pursuing a degree or have received a degree within 5 years of their starting date in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline or have demonstrated interest or experience in a STEM field that supports the DOE mission. 

Veterans are encouraged to apply.  DOE Scholars selected by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) are given a Veteran's Preference. Selected veterans will be placed at various federal agencies in Washington, D.C. Veteran candidates who have received a college degree in an appropriate science, technology, engineering or math discipline within ten years of their starting date are eligible for appointments.

How to Apply

Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at

https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/DOE-Scholars-2019

Application deadline: December 17, 2018, 5:00 PM EST

For more information: Visit https://orise.orau.gov/doescholars

Questions? doescholars@orau.org

 

DOE has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage this program.

Posted: 10/2/2018

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program

Warm-water Aquatic Ecology

Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA

Summer 2019: May 19 to July 28

http://wilsonlab.com/reu/

 

Overview: We are excited to invite applications from undergraduate students to participate in a National Science Foundation supported summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program focused on the ecology of southeastern ponds, rivers, reservoirs, and estuaries.  Ten undergraduate students will work closely with a team of Auburn University faculty to explore aquatic ecosystems, complete a student-driven research project, participate in a variety of professional development and social activities, develop and lead an outreach project, and share their research findings in a symposium at the conclusion of the program.  Participants will work closely with our mentors to develop an interdisciplinary project involving complementary fields, such as community ecology, limnology, evolution, fisheries management, molecular biology, conservation, biogeochemistry, biodiversity, and microbiology.  The program will run from May 19 to July 28, 2019 (10 weeks).

 

Flyer: Please help us advertise the program by posting our flyer at your institution - http://wilsonlab.com/reu/pubs/reu_flyer.pdf  

 

Eligibility: All applicants who are interested in receiving NSF support must currently be a (1) U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident and (2) an undergraduate freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior graduating no earlier than September 2019 or a high school senior that will start their undergraduate education the following fall semester after the REU program.  We are especially encouraging students from traditionally under-represented groups in biology (i.e., African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, students with disabilities, first generation college students, and U.S. veterans) as well as students from institutions with limited research opportunities (e.g., community colleges) or students in financial need to apply.  The online application is available at http://wilsonlab.com/reu/application.html

 

Support: Participants will receive a stipend ($5,500) plus housing and subsistence, financial assistance for travel to and from Auburn, and support for lab and field supplies.  For full consideration, on-line applications must be received by 1 February 2019.

 

International students: Although not financially supported by our REU Site, we are also open to including a few strongly motivated and self-funded international students in our REU Site research and professional development activities.


Contact information: For more information about the REU Site, visit http://wilsonlab.com/reu/ or contact Dr. Alan Wilson (wilson@auburn.edu).

UPDATED 11/30/2018

Danta is pleased to announce our 2019 field courses in tropical biology. Our course are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation, but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.

DANTA operates on a cooperative and collaborative teaching model with multiple international instructors on each course. Co-instruction allows for more individualized instruction, and the sharing and appreciation of different ideas. Visiting scholars are often incorporated into the curriculum to broaden student experience.

As much of our advertising is done by word-of-mouth, we encourage you to spread the word by forwarding this information to students or friends who may be interested in our programs.

For more information, please visit our website at www.DANTA.info and/or email conservation@danta.info. For an alumni perspective on our programs, please see our blog DANTAisms - http://dantablog.wordpress.com/.

Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation

Dates: Winter Session: December 28 –January 12, 2019; Summer Session: July 3 – July 18, 2019

Program Fee: $2600

Application deadline: Winter Session: December 1, 2018; Summer Session: June 1, 2019

Course Description
This course is designed to provide students with field experience in primate behavior, ecology, and conservation. This course will be held at Osa Conservation’s Piro Reseach Station in Costa Rica’s spectacular Osa peninsula. As the one of the largest tracts of rain forest north of the Amazon (roughly 400,000 acres in the Osa Conservation Area), it is renowned for high species diversity. It is one of only a few places in Costa Rica that has jaguar, puma, sea turtles and four species of monkey (mantled howler monkey, black-handed spider monkey, white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkey).

The learning experiences for the course fall into four main categories: field exercises, seminars, lectures, and applied conservation. The field exercises and seminars provide instruction and experience in: (1) methods of measuring environmental variables, including assessment of resource availability, (2) methods of collecting and analyzing the behavior of free-ranging primates, (3) assessments of biodiversity and (4) techniques for estimating population size. Lecture topics will cover the behavior and ecology of Old and New World primates from an evolutionary perspective. Selected lecture topics include primate sociality, feeding ecology, taxonomy, rain forest ecosystems and conservation. Service learning is a large component of all our programs. Students will gain experience in applied conservation through participation in Osa Conservation’s reforestation, sustainable agriculture and wildlife monitoring programs (big cat and sea turtle).

During the course participants will visit a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation, and take a boat tour of the Golfo Dulce for dolphin viewing and snorkeling. We overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.

Enrollment is limited to 15 students. The course is open to both credit and non-credit seeking students. University credit can be arranged through your home institution.

 Primate Behavior and Conservation

Dates: June 5-July 1, 2019
Program Fee: $3500
Application deadline: May 1, 2019

Course Description
This course is designed to provide students with field experience in primate behavior, ecology, and conservation. The course will be conducted at Osa Conservation‘s Piro Research Station in Costa Rica’s spectacular Osa peninsula. As the one of the largest tracts of rain forest north of the Amazon (roughly 400,000 acres in the Osa Conservation Area), it is renowned for high species diversity. It is one of only a few sites in Costa Rica that contain 4 species of primate (mantled howler monkey, black-handed spider monkey, white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkey). Four species of sea turtle also nest along its beaches. Please help us protect this unique region which is of international conservation concern.

The learning experiences for the course fall into five main categories: field exercises, independent research, discussions, lectures and applied conservation. The first half of the courses is devoted to learning ecological field techniques, while in the second half students develop, carry out and present data from their independent research projects. Many of our participants have gone on to present their work at national and regional conferences. The field exercises and seminars provide instruction and experience in:(1) methods of measuring environmental variables, including assessment of resource availability, (2) methods of collecting and analyzing the behavior of free-ranging primates, (3) assessments of biodiversity and (4) techniques for estimating population size. Lecture topics will cover the behavior and ecology of Old and New World primates from an evolutionary perspective. Selected lecture topics include primate sociality, feeding ecology, taxonomy, rain forest ecosystems, conservation, climate change and sustainability. Participants gain experience in applied conservation through participation in Osa Conservation’s reforestation,and sea turtle breeding and monitoring programs.

During the course participants will visit a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation, and take a boat tour of the Golfo Dulce for dolphin viewing and snorkeling. We overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.

Enrollment is limited to 15 students. The course is open to both credit and non-credit seeking students. University credit can be arranged through your home institution.

Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability

Dates: December 28 – January 12, 2019
Program fee: $2600
Application deadline: December 1, 2019

Course Description
The proximate and ultimate causes of declines of rain forest habitats and biodiversity will be examined through a combination of direct observations in the field, lectures, and critical reviews of the literature. Topics will include the role of hunting, logging, agriculture, disease, predation, expanding human populations and their consumption of natural resources as they affect forest and biodiversity conservation. Emphasis will be on sustainable solutions and how today’s human societies can endure in the face of climate change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations.

The majority of the course will be conducted at Osa Conservation‘s Piro Research Station in Costa Rica’s spectacular Osa Peninsula. As one of the largest tracts of rain forest north of the Amazon (roughly 400,000 acres in the Osa Conservation Area), it is renowned for high species diversity. It is one of only a few sites in Costa Rica that contain 4 species of primate (mantled howler monkey, black-handed spider monkey, white-faced capuchin and the Central American squirrel monkey). Four species of sea turtle also nest along its beaches. Students gain hands-on experience through participation in Osa Conservation’s sustainable agriculture, wildlife monitoring and reforestation programs. Problems of various land-use activities will be evaluated with side trips to an oil palm plantation, a coffee plantation, and small-scale agricultural plots.

 During the course participants will visit a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation, and take a boat tour of the Golfo Dulce for dolphin viewing and snorkeling. We overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.

Enrollment is limited to 15 students. The course is open to both credit and non-credit seeking students. University credit can be arranged through your home institution. 

 

Updated 10/11/2018

WonderLab General Animal Exhibits Internships 2018-2019

The exhibits department at WonderLab works diligently to provide and maintain the large variety of exhibits enjoyed by approximately 80,000 visitors per year. WonderLab’s live animal collection consists of reptiles, amphibians, arthropods ranging from honeybees to tarantulas, and a 300 gallon salt water aquarium. Animal Exhibits Interns receive hands-on experience in the many aspects of husbandry including habitat maintenance and repair, medicine distribution, medical and behavioral observation, food preparation as well as exhibit improvement and creation. Animal Exhibits Interns will also do educational outreach through the facilitation of hands-on interactions with museum guests doing live animal demonstrations.

2019 Summer Internship

  • May 13, 2019 - August 18, 2019
  • 3 general animal exhibits position available
  • 14-17 hours per week
  • Application Deadline: April 1, 2019

2019-2020 Academic Year Internship

  • August 19, 2019- May 8, 2020
  • 6 general Animal exhibits positions available
  • 7-10 hours per week
  • Application Deadline: June 1, 2019

Objective: To give student hands-on experience in husbandry, education and the many aspects of WonderLab’s animal exhibits department including the creation, improvement, and maintenance of animal exhibits.

Type: Unpaid unless eligible for federal work-study or for class credit

*Coral reef intern has a stipend but that is a separate application pool with its own requirements. Please see Coral Reef Intern Job Description

Responsibilities:

  • Daily Animal husbandry and maintenance of display habitats
  • Monitoring habitats for ideal conditions
  • Basic Medicine administration
  • Live animal demonstrations, education and outreach
  • Upkeep and organization of animal resources and care logs
  • Completion of 1-2 animal specific projects (Class Credit Interns only)

Preferred skills and qualifications for this position:

  • Interest in biology/animals
  • Reliable with a strong work ethic
  • Self-motivated
  • Excellent communication skills, especially written
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Experience working with vertebrates and invertebrates a plus
  • Weekend availability
  • Enjoys researching and creating educational materials

If you are interested in the Animal Care Internship position please do the following:

  1. Send an introductory email, 2- professional references (note these are not letters of recommendation) resume and cover letter indicating which internship session

you are applying for to:

                Sam Couch - animalexhibits@wonderlab.org

                Animal Exhibits Manager

                WonderLab Museum of Health and Technology

  1. Fill out an application available on the WonderLab website at

http://wonderlab.org/about-wonderlab/college-student-internships/

Posted: 10/2/2018 from Email

PhD and MS Opportunities at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School: https://www.graduate.rsmas.miami.edu/admissions/phd-assistanships/index.html

All opportunities may not be listed (have students check back for more updates throughout the semester). If students are interested in applying, some faculty will take students on without having an Assistantship listed. Always a good idea to contact faculty!


Master of Professional Science (take the same courses as Ph.D. and MS students, but instead of a thesis/dissertation, you do an internship/research in the field with organizations such as NOAA, NPS, NGOs, etc. and 94% of students have a job in the field 6 months after graduation):

 

Degree Programs

o    Applied Remote Sensing

o    Aquaculture

o    Broadcast Meteorology

o    Coastal Zone Management

o    Exploration Science

o    Fisheries Management and Conservation

o    JD/MPS Program

o    Marine Conservation

o    Marine Mammal Science

o    Natural Hazard and Catastrophe Analytics

o    Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management

o    Underwater Archaeology

o    Climate and Society

o    Weather Forecasting

 

Potential students can apply to both Ph.D./MS and MPS degrees (no extra costs). Just make sure to click the button inside the PhD/MS application. Applications can be found here:

 

https://www.applyweb.com/miamigrd/index.ftl

 

Any questions, please ask! I'm more than willing to facetime, Skype, or just chat on the phone to help you out. We will also be visiting San Diego, Los Angeles, Hilo, Honolulu, and San Francisco for an upcoming recruiting trip along with being present at AGU and AMS (if interested in having us on campus or even Skype/Facetime in with students, let us know). Thank you for passing our information on!

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh Coco, Ed. D.

Executive Director, Advancement and Communication

Tel: (305) 421.4002

Fax: (305) 421.4711

Direct: jcoco@rsmas.miami.edu

 

University of Miami

RSMAS Campus – 105C

4600 Rickenbacker Causeway

Miami, FL 33149-1031

Posted: 10/1/2018

Title: Psychology of Learning P325

Time: 2:30-3:45 Tuesdays and Thursdays

Instructor: Kat Rodda

Location: PY226

PSY-P325 Psychology of Learning will be offered in Spring 2019, TR 2:30-3:45, for the first time in a very long time. The course counts towards the Environmental/Developmental/Cognitive Perspective requirement, and is very relevant ABEH majors interested in working with pets or other domesticated animals, or in zoos.

Posted 9/21/2018

Field Projects International is a not-for-profit organization offering hands-on field-based training for undergraduates and recent graduates at various biodiverse research stations around the world. These opportunities are ideal for those who already are, or are considering becoming, majors in biology, anthropology, ecology, environmental science, zoology, or pre-veterinary science.

Students may be able to receive credit for participation in select courses and other field programs. We also offer scholarships for students to attend our courses for free. Deadlines for applications for all of our programs are soon approaching, and spots are given away on a first come, first serve basis, so applying early is always an advantage.

Please scroll below for links to all of the opportunities available this upcoming summer. If you have questions, please contact us directly at this address: info@fieldprojects.org.

Sincerely,

Mrinalini Erkenswick Watsa, PhD
President, Field Projects International
mini@fieldprojects.org
Research Associate
Department of Anthropology, Washington University in Saint Louis

Information Bank:

** Visit our website: https://fieldprojects.org

**Upcoming Research Assistantships (Note: The deadline to complete the online application is April 15, 2019):

Posted: 9/19/2018

Operation Wallacea runs conservation research expeditions to 14 different countries worldwide. These expeditions are designed with specific wildlife conservation aims in mind - from identifying areas needing protection, through to implementing and assessing conservation management programmes.

The short video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuluQAneG-I&feature=youtu.be provides an introduction to the research program and details about the opportunities offered by this program both for supporting academic research and also for students to gain some field experience as interns.

The research assistant projects are designed for university students, and vary in length from two to eight weeks dependant on location.

Dr. Tim Coles
Project Director and Founder, Operation Wallacea (www.opwall.com)
Publisher of Biodiversity Science (www.biodiversityscience.com)
Senior Research Associate, Zoology Department, University of Oxford

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